We all can agree that Ground cherries have some tastiness to them that no other fruit can replace. BUT, you must also know that they are not so same as the juicy red ripen cherries.
What are ground cherries in real life? These are just a little red treats that you can eat raw or use for cooking savory and sweet dishes.
Known as husk tomatoes, this fruit is named ground cherries because unlike other fruits that fall on the ground when fully ripe, they fall before getting ripe, particularly in early July. Once they fall from the tree, they stay on the ground and continue up to frost. Apparently, these cherries are marble-sized giving off distinctive flavors that feel similar to pineapple, cherry, kiwi, or tomato. How flavorful!
These orangey fruits are known to be categorized in two with identical flowers but different leaves:
- Virginia Ground Cherry
- Clammy Ground Cherry
How ground cherries can be stored?
To make long-lasting storage without any decay, first, you need to make sure that cherries are not wet and should not have any moisture. Pat it dry before putting it in storage. Second, always keep the fruit inside its papery husk. Third, place them in a refrigerator and never leave them outside at room temperature.
Following these directions, you will be able to store your cherries for a week or a maximum of 10 days. But, do you want to store the ground cherries for a whole season?
The best way to preserve your cherries for a whole season is to freeze them. For freezing, you need to remove the husk, wash the fruit thoroughly, dry them with cloth, place them in a cooking or cookie sheet, and put them in a freezer. Once the cherries are frozen completely, collect them in zip-top bags. VIOLA!
Enjoy the cherry berry winters!
Ground cherries nutrition
If you are health conscious, the benefits of the cherries can never compete. This fruit is loaded with Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It will also give your body a satisfactory amount of iron and niacin. It means, ground cherries are not only tasteful but also nutrition-rich.
REMEMBER: Never eat unripe fruit as Ground Cherries plants are toxic, and can get fatal if consumed in unnecessarily larger amounts. Not only unripe fruits but leaves are also known to be toxic. Be aware and do not try to get poisoned.
Ways to Eat Ground Cherries
No doubt, ground cherries are the fruits but that doesn’t mean they can only be used to make desserts or puddings, jams, or jellies. It is versatile enough to be cooked in both ways, savory and sweet. We agree that you will probably find the dessert recipes but if you use them creatively, you will be able to cook or bake delicious savory dishes.
The best ideas to eat ground cherries keeping the healthy index are:
- Make a spicy salsa verde with crushed cherries
- Do not want to gain extra calories? Toss them in a fruit or vegetable salad. It goes perfectly with goat cheese and cold grain salad in a combination of nuts or nutty spreads.
- If you are a fan of baking, there is nothing tastier than a ground cherry pie, or a husk cherry and plum tart.
- Arrange a quick and easy appetizer by layering up halved ground cherries with sun dried or fresh tomatoes in between and topped with basil
- Make a healthy green salad topped with the orangey hues of cherries
- The easiest option to enjoy a healthy breakfast and store the cherries for a long time is to make Ground cherry jam
- Oh, wait! You can eat them raw as toppings nicely put on oatmeal, ice cream, or Greek yogurt, too
BEST GROUND CHERRIES RECIPES
Skillet Ground Cherry Crisp
Crispiness and cherries in one dish? Doesn’t seem like an option! But, you can bring crispiness to your cherries with skillets baked to give you half sweet half salty, half crunchy half chewy vibes.
Need a little more taste? How about adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Melt ½ butter stick in a cast iron skillet
- Mix 3 cups ground cherries with ½ cup caster or brown sugar and 2 tbsp. of the sifted flour in a small container
- Transfer the fruit mixture into the skillet having butter, already
- Make a separate mixture of ½ butter stick, ½ cup caster or brown sugar, 2 tbsp. flour, 1 cup rolled oats and ½ tsp. cinnamon in another bowl. Keep on mixing unless you see it getting a crumbling texture
- Spread this mixture over the fruit blend poured into the skillet.
- Place it in the preheated oven for a maximum of half an hour or until it turns golden brown and gets bubbly.
Bonus: It is advised to let it cool down at room temperature for half an hour for the crust to get crunchy
Ground Cherry Salsa
It is time to whip up an all-new, tastier, fresh, and chunky batch of salsa giving your dishes an innovative taste and flavor. Spice up your food.
- Take a food processor and start adding all the ingredients that are:
- Ground Cherries (de-husked)
- Red onions
- Roasted/Sun dried or fresh tomatoes
- Lemon juice or lime
- Finely chopped jalapeño with no seeds
- Cilantro leaves
- Sea Salt
Crush and mix well. Once you have achieved the paste consistency, end the pulse, pour it in the bowl and refrigerate it before serving to give enough time for the flavors to combine.
Bonus: It can be stored for up to a week.
Ground Cherry Pie
Fed up of eating a typical apple pie? Try this out to bring a new twirl of flavors to your celebrations!
Recipe for the dough
- Take 1 cup whole wheat flour in a bowl and add 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 tsp. salt, mix it well with a whisker
- Next, add 1 whole butter stick and an additional 2 tbsp. of a chilled but softened butter in flour mixture
- To make the dough compact, add 4-5 tbsps. of ice-cold water
- Mix to make well-combined dough balls
- Spread the dough and cut the rough edges
Recipe for the filling
- Take 2 ½ cups husked ground cherries in a small mixing bowl
- Add ½ cup brown sugar, 2 tbsps. room temperature water, and 2 ½ tbsp. all-purpose flour in the cherry bowl
- Take a spoonful of cherry filling and pour it into a central well of the crust
- Cover it with a crisscross, woven or plain lattice
- Bake for 20 minutes at 425
- Lower the degree to 300 and bake for half an hour
Ground Cherry Coffee Cake recipe
- In a large bowl take 2-cups of all-purpose flour and add 1 ¼ cups caster sugar and 1 ¼ tsps. salt
- Whisk the ingredients together along with adding 10 tbsp. butter
- Separate 1 cup of the mixture into to be used for topping
- Mix the 1 ¼ tsps. baking powder and ½ tsp. soda and whisk gently
- When the mixture is well-combined start pouring the liquid ingredients. First, ¾ cup buttermilk, 1 large egg, and 2 ½ tsp. vanilla extract.
- Take your baking pan, pour all the mixture
- In a separate flour and butter mixture you need to add 2 to 3 cups of ground cherries (no husks), nuts, and dark brown sugar to your taste
- Mix well and top it over the liquid mixture in a baking pan for a crunchy crust
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Bake for 60-75 minutes
Bonus: Cover it with foil to keep the nuts from getting too dark
Ground Cherry Clafoutis recipe
- Take 4 ounces peeled but whole ground cherries and layer them on the bottom of the 2 buttered gratin plates
- Take a medium bowl and beat 2 eggs separately
- Mix dry ingredients: 4 Tbsps. brown or caster sugar and 4 Tbsps. flour
- Pour the wet ingredients: 6 Tbsp. whole milk and ½ tsp. almond or vanilla extract
- Blend well
- Cover the ground cherries with the egg mixture
- Heat oven to 350 Degree F
- Place the dishes and bake for half an hr.
- When they get golden and seem slightly puffed, take out
Bonus: Garnish with a powdered sugar
Ground Cherry Jam recipe
- Take 3 cups of husked ground cherries in a pan and put them on low heat.
- Add 2 tbsp of lemon concentrate and keep stirring
- When the berries burst, add 1 cup of sugar and cook on medium heat and stir continuously for almost 20 minutes
- Be careful as you must switch off the heat when the jam starts getting thickened
Bonus: you can keep it refrigerated for 1 month